With as many people as there are in the city of New York, it is important that properties are well taken care of so that people cannot become injured as a result of hazardous grounds. When a property is not maintained by those whose job it is to do so, accidents can happen that cause potentially life-impacting injuries. This can be the case anywhere, even in a supermarket. Injured grocery shoppers facing these situations should retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for guidance.

How Do I Prove Negligence?

In the state of New York, all property owners are required to make sure their grounds are safe. This ensures that others cannot be harmed when they come onto it. This can be done by making sure management properly trains their staff and implements the right safety procedures. Without this in place, shoppers can be injured because of negligence. This can result in a personal injury claim filed against the establishment. 

It is important to know that, when filing a personal injury claim, injured parties are required to prove negligence. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that shows their injuries occurred directly because the supermarket failed to provide safe grounds. Evidence can include medical documentation of the injury, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the accident.

How Do I Recover Compensation?

If negligence is proven, the injured party may be eligible to recover compensation. This provides coverage for damages incurred due to the accident. As people can suffer both physically and emotionally, they may recover two types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic compensation covers financial burdens due to the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more. Non-economic compensation covers emotional suffering, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. 

Statute of Limitations 

When pursuing legal action, it is important to not wait too long after the accident to begin the process. This is because the statute of limitations places a deadline on how long the injured party has to file a personal injury claim. If they do not meet this deadline, the injured party may lose their right to legal action entirely. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury.

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.